A day below zero temperature is a normal day in Alaska and people don’t confine to their houses at this extreme cold. People living in Alaska have special ways to tackle this intense freezing, some ways are listed below:

Dress In Layers

Best way to stay warm is to dress in layers. Piling up clothes will not help much in cold; it increases problems because it augments sweating. This moisture freezes when a person stops moving.

ddThis strategy to stay warm was given by Staff Sgt. Zachary McGee – a senior instructor in Fairbanks at U.S. Army’s Northern Warfare Training Center.


Select Fabric Carefully

When it comes to select fabric in extreme winter, cotton must be excluded from the list. Cotton has the ability to soak water, so it can absorb sweat and moisture. This property also increases its drying time which makes cotton a bad choice in Alaska cold.


McGee said, “It’s like trying to keep your body warm wearing an icicle”.

 Keep Away From Frostbite

In extreme cold, stay away from metals. Metal can damage bare hands in temperature below 15; this condition is known as contact frostbite. In Fairbanks, principal of West Valley High School Shaun Kraska advises her student to wear hats and hoods in winter season. It is necessary to cover ears with hat or hood to protect them from frostbite.

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Be Prepared

Alaskans always keep handy equipments with themselves to survive harsh weather. They contain pair of boots, warm coat and gloves with them – even when they are not wearing them. People go to work wearing dress shoes but they always have pair of boots for cold-weather emergency.


Head of the Northern Warfare Training Center, William Prayner said, “At minus 15, you’re not going to do well even walking a half mile in dress shoes worn over cotton socks or panty hose.”

 Accept Cold-Temperature in Daily Routine

“You can’t be afraid of the cold but you have to respect it,” Prayner said.

In temperature below 15, Alaskans keep check their symptoms like tingly fingers etc. and change their clothes and conditions if required. Cold weather doesn’t mean an excuse in Alaska. Students enjoy playing in school ground even at the temperature below 20.  Schools keep all the necessary requirements like hats, snow pants, and mittens.

“If you do that, the kids will never go outside in the winter,” Doran said. “They’ll go crazy and you’ll go crazy.”


Spc. Andrew James Bushong of Cleburne, Texas, drives a tent stake into the frozen Alaska ground at Fort Wainwright.
© AP Photo: US Army, Staff Sgt. Patricia McMurphy


Army Sgt. Matthew Berg of Prior Lake, Minn., packs his parachute after conducting an Arctic airborne operation at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
© AP Photo: US Air Force, Justin Connaher


Soldiers assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion utilize snow shoes during Arctic Light Individual Training on the Bulldog Trail in sub-zero conditions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
© AP Photo: US Air Force, Justin Connaher


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